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Highlights

  •   Toson Shimazaki's Memorial Museum in Magome-Juku (post- town)
  •   Shimizuya Historical House in Magome-juku
  •   Official notice board in Magome-juku
  •   Waki Honjin Okuya-The secondary inn for travelling feudal dignitaries like Daimyo (feudal lords) in Tsumago-juku
  •   Historical museum in Tsumago-juku
  •   Honjin-The prime officially appointed inn for travelling feudal dignitaries in Tsumago

Information

City Gifu
Depart From Gifu , Nagano, Nagoya
Meeting Point At JR Nagiso station, JR Nakatsugawa station, JR Nagoya station or your inn in Magome or Tsumago (Please consult with your guide.)
Ending Point At JR Nagiso station, JR Nakatsugawa station, JR Nagoya station or your inn in Tsumago or Magome (Please consult with your guide.)
Departure 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 6h   Flexible
Languages English (License)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 1 ~ 5
Booking
6h
When?

People

144.00 USD

final price

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person. 9.00 USD
Extra child. 4.50 USD
Extra hour. 14.40 USD

What to Expect

You will have an easy and relaxing tour to see around the two post-towns, Magome-juku and Tsumago-juku. Between the two post-towns, you will move by bus or taxi. If you are interested in Hiking Tour between two post-towns in Kiso valley, there is another tour. Please check https://triplelights.com/japan/tour/nagano You will enjoy local food for your lunch here. You can feel Japanese culture, history and the way of living of the villagers in the Edo period. Magome and Tsumago lie in the Kiso-ji path, surrounded by deep mountains. The Kiso valley region is located almost halfway between Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto of the old Nakasendo highway. The Nakasendo was constructed in the Edo period (1600~1868). It linked Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto (532km). Through the provision of wood for the construction of shrines, castles, temples, this region has played an important role in the history, politics and economy. Tsumago and Magome developed as post-towns to support the feudal system. The Kiso-ji path saw a lot of travelers, the processions of Daimyo (the feudal lords) and their princesses to go to and come from Edo (Tokyo). There were 69 post-towns along the Nakasendo. Magome was the 43rd post-town. The residents of the town built their houses on low stone walls along the Kiso-ji path. Toson Shimazaki, a great Japanese writer and poet was born here, you can see his footprints. There are souvenir shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Tsumago was the 42nd post- town. It has been restored and remains the atmosphere as an Edo-period post-town. There are souvenir shops ,restaurants, and coffee shops as well. You will feel as if you were a time-traveler in the Edo period. Please feel free to ask any questions.


What‘s included

Guide fee is included.

What‘s not included

Transportation fee is not included.

In case the meeting point is JR Nagiso station, please come to Nagiso station. Your guide will be waiting for you there at 10:30 AM. Then we will take a bus to get to Tsumago.

In case the meeting point is JR Nakatsugawa station, please come to Nakatsugawa station. Your guide will be waiting for you there at 11:00 AM.Then we will take a bus to get to Magome.

In case the meeting point is Nagoya station and we take a limited express train to Nakatsugawa station, the meeting time is 9:30 AM at JR Nagoya station. It will take about one hour to get to Nakatsugawa station from Nagoya.
If you have a JR pass, you can get on Shinano limited express train using the JR pass without paying any extra money. Please pay just the guide transportation fee.
If you don't have a JR pass, you have to buy a JR train ticket . The fare is 3220 yen (about 26 USD)-- (Ordinary train ticket 1320 yen plus limited express train reserved seat ticket 1900 yen for one way).
If you want to buy non reserved seat, the JR train fare is 2500 yen (about 20 USD)---(Ordinary train ticket 1320 yen plus limited express train non reserved ticket 1180 yen for one way).

In case the meeting point is Nagoya station and take a rapid train to Nakatsugawa station, the meeting time is 9:00 AM. The train fare is just 1320 yen (about 11 USD).

In case the meeting point is Nagoya station and we take a bus, it takes one hour and twenty minutes to get to Magome and the bus fare is 1860 yen (about 17 USD).-- -(You have to walk about 15 minutes to get to the entrance of Magome). Your guide will book the bus ticket for you. Please consult with your guide.

On your way back,
your guide will see you off at JR Nagiso, JR Nakatsugawa, JR Nagoya station or your inn in Magome or Tsumago.

In the Kiso area, you have to change buses several times. The bus fare is about 1500 yen (about 12 USD).
The entrance fee for museums is about 12 USD.
Lunch is also not included.
Please ask your guide .

Extras (optional)

Extra person. 9.00 USD
Extra child. 4.50 USD
Extra hour. 14.40 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

If meeting point is at the inn in Tsumago or Magome (when staying there on the previous day ), what is the meeting time?

Please consult with your guide.

What to wear ?

Please wear something comfortable to walk. A hat ,sunglasses, sunscreen will be advisable.

Will the tour be cancelled in bad weather?

The tour will be canceled if it is really bad weather like a typhoon.



How long does it take to get to Nakatsugawa from Nagoya by JR?

It takes about 50 minutes by limited express train Shinano.
It takes about 75 minutes by rapid train.

Are there a lot of buses which run in the area?

No. The number of buses which run there is quite limited.

Is there a porter service? Can I walk without big luggage in Magome and Tsumago?

You can ask a porter to carry your big luggage between Tsumago-juku and Magome-juku for a charge at each tourist information office. (500 yen per luggage). Please consult with your guide.

Is it possible to walk some part in the mountain ?

Yes. Please consult with your guide.

How long does it take if the tour starts from Nagoya station and ends at Nagoya station?

It may take 7 or 8 hours. Please consult with your guide.

Is the tour covered by travel insurance?

No. If you need it, please buy it by yourself.

Information about the accommodations at Magome-juku

Tajimaya (guest house)
Magomechaya (guest house)
Shirakiya(guest house)
Iwatake(guest house), and more
Please check through the internet.

Information about the accommodations at Tsumago-jyuku

Fujioto (inn)
Matsushiroya (inn)
Daikichi (guest house)
Sakamotoya (guest house)
Shimosagaya (guest house), and more.
Please ask Tsumago Tourist Information office through the internet.

Frequently Asked Questions

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After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
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You’ll be able to see the guide’s e-mail address and phone number. You can contact your guide directly before the tour starts, and enjoy your tour on the day!
Please check the following link. https://triplelights.com/cancel
Yes, by using our secure online payment system, your payment information is encrypted and you are secured against fraud and unauthorized transaction. Your credit card or PayPal account will be charged upon booking. However, if the guide does not accept your booking, the amount will be credited back to the account from which the charge was drawn.
No, our prices are 100% booking fee free – meaning the price you see is the amount you pay.
It depends on the location of your hotel and places you visit. But to give you an idea, it costs about 200-300yen for one place to the other, and the total is about 1,000yen for a full day tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Yes you can, but you have to pay an extra charge per person. The price depends on which guide you choose.
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Reviews

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Benson
3 weeks ago , ( Couple ) , From: Hong Kong

“ Sites in Nagoya, Inuyama Castle & festival, Gifu ”

Very professional with all sorts of detailed knowledge on the subject areas, historical and cultural, some of which are from her own studies and research. We have greatly enjoyed the three days of tour with Rumiko.

Rumiko:
Hello Benson. I really appreciate your great and swift review. You are very active and energetic ,which I truly admire. The tour went very smoothly thanks to you, even though it was a bit early to see cherry blossoms. As it was quite cold and cherry trees came into bloom later than usual in Nagoya this year. I hope you could enjoy seeing the cherry blossoms in full bloom in Ueno Park, as you mentioned. Please come and visit here again someday . With best regards . Rumiko

Alan Alan
2 months ago , ( Family ) , From: Singapore

“ Dedicated, meticulous and conscientious tour guide ”

Rumiko is extremely helpful! She provided recommendations on hotels prior to the trip and even help make reservations for bus tickets for our trip to Nagoya! She put in lots of effort to plan for our itinerary as we were towing a 5 year old boy for the trip. She ensured that our two days with her were fun enough for adults and kid - she prepared quizzes and stories about the places of interest to keep our little one engaged throughout the two days. She is very knowledgeable about the history of Gifu and Nagano and Japan in general. Wonderful guide and strongly recommend her for anyone who wishes to have a good guide.

Rumiko:
Arigato Gozaimasu, Alan. Thank you very much for your great review. I am happy you and your family enjoyed my tours around Nagoya , one tour to visit Inuyama Castle ( National treasure , the oldest castle in Japan ) and Gifu Castle with a panoramic view, on top of the mountain. The other tour to visit Magome and Tsumago (old post-towns in Kiso valley). it was very pleasant to walk with you and your wonderful family. I hope each scene will remain in your heart as a memory of Japan. Please have a good and safe fly back to your country . Hoping to see you someday again . Arigato Gozaimashita . With best regards. Rumiko

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ALICIA
3 months ago , ( Family ) , From: Philippines

“ Beautiful Nagoya ”

We had a wonderful experience in Nagoya with Rumiko as our guide. She came in very prepared and made sure my kids will enjoy and learn a lot of things about the places we visited. She surely knows how to entertain kids, elderly and us. Overall, she made our tour worthwhile and fun. I will definitely recommend her to my friends and relatives visiting Nagoya.

Rumiko:
Dear Alicia and your wonderful family. Thank you very much for choosing Nagoya and my tour. As the tour was held at the end of the year, there were few sightseeing spots to visit. Most of the places were closed on the day. We went to Gifu Castle, which is open all through the year. I am very happy to hear you and your family enjoyed the tour. Hoping to guide you in and around Nagoya again someday. With best wishes, Rumiko.

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Eng
4 months ago , ( Family ) , From: Singapore

“ Nagoya with Rumiko ”

As I have to work, my wife and 2 boys have Rumiko for 2 days in Nagoya. It was the most wonderful experience to have Rumiko to take you around Nagoya. The boys truely enjoyed themselves and keep talking about it when they are back at the hotel. Rumiko has made a wonderful day for my wife and 2 boys. Deeply appreciate for all arrangement . Thank you for the wonderful experience.

Rumiko:
Dear Eng. Thank you very much for choosing me as your wonderful family's tour guide. I also had happy time with your family. On the first day we went to Nagoya Castle, Sakae (Oasis 21) and Toyota Automobile museum. On the second day we went to Inuyama city to visit Inuyama Castle (National treasure) and its castle town, then we went to Gifu city to visit Gifu Castle. Gifu Castle is on the top of a mountain. We got on a ropeway and enjoyed panoramic view from the top of the castle. we conquered three castles just in two days! Thank you very much. Sincerely yours, Rumiko.

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Dean
6 months ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ Kiso Valley and the Nakasendo with Rumiko ”

Excellent, knowledgeable guide. Our hike was one of our highlights of our trip. Pace was just right, stories intriguing.

Rumiko:
Dear Dean. Thank you very much for your kind message. I was very happy to be your guide for the Kiso valley walking tour. How was Sake which you bought in Nakatsugawa? Hope to serve you next time. Sincerely yours. Rumiko

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